How much funding is available?

Development assistance for education reached a peak of US$12.4 billion in 2016. Funding increased by 15% from 2015 (US$10.8 billion), following years of stagnated funding levels. The share of total development assistance funding going to education fell from 8% in 2012 to 7% in 2016.

For further details on methodology, see our Donor Tracker Codebook.

Who are the top donor countries?                 

The largest DAC donors to education in 2016 were Germany (US$2.2 billion), the US (US$1.7 billion), the UK (US$1.6 billion), France (US$1.3 million), and Japan (US$762 million). This includes both bilateral funding and contributions to multilateral organizations funding education programs. It also includes scholarships and others costs of students from ODA-recipient countries studying in donor-countries, which do not constitute cross-border financial flows and are large in Germany (US$1.1 billion in 2016) and France (US$782 million). When excluding these costs, the ranking slightly changes: the top donors are the US, the UK, Germany, Japan, and France.

For further details on methodology, see our Donor Tracker Codebook.

When looking at the share of education within a donor’s total funding for official development assistance, the top DAC donors are New Zealand (15.7%), Portugal (14.8%), Luxembourg (14.3%), Hungary (12.9%), and Slovenia (12.0%).

For further details on methodology, see our Donor Tracker Codebook.

For an in-depth look at funding trends in education, see our highlight story Are we making progress? Understanding trends in donor support for agriculture, education, global health, global health R&D, and nutrition’ (April 2018), or at our donors’ education Deep Dives.